Eagles Face Falcons for Playoff Prospects
By Ben Barber
“As a program we are looking forward to the opportunity to win a big meaningful game against a very good [Christian Brothers’] team. This will be an opportunity for us to see where we are as a program,” said Coach Reinking.
Photo by Michelle Akana
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - With only three weeks left in the El Camino High School Football Season the Eagles are excited for the upcoming playoff possibilities. The Eagles had a slow start to their season, losing their first two games, one of which—the Sac High game—had to be forfeited by Sac High, due to them playing an ineligible fifth year senior. Their overall record reads 4-3; in-league play their record is 2-0, making this Friday’s game of the utmost importance.
The Eagles will be hosting the Christian Brothers (CB) Falcons who are 6-1 overall. Coach Adam Reinking, head coach since 2009, was questioned in regards to the challenges coming into this Friday’s game. “[Our] biggest challenge is stopping #21,” Reinking said. “He’s a very quick explosive runner with breakaway speed. He’s the best back we’ve seen to this point.”
The Falcon’s #21 is Jamarri Jackson, a 5’10” junior, weighing 175lbs, who has 96 carries this season for 613 total yards and 14 total touchdowns. The Eagles also have a junior running back/utility player: Dale Armstrong. Armstrong also has 96 carries with 571 total yards, while only sporting six touchdowns—a result of team strategy rather than efficacy.
“As a program we are looking forward to the opportunity to win a big meaningful game against a very good CB team. This will be an opportunity for us to see where we are as a program,” said Reinking.
For the Eagles, it will be “Senior Night,” the last official home game of their senior year. It’s an emotional night which doesn’t go without distractions. If the eagles can come away with the win, the following week they’ll be facing Vista Del Lago for the league title. Vista knocked the Eagles out of the second round of the playoffs back in 2012 which still leaves a bitter taste in former quarterback Jonah Lessard’s mouth, now assisting on the sidelines. For now, the Eagles keep their gaze on the present. Friday’s game is at El Camino High School with JV starting at 5:15 p.m.
After the half the Raiders took the field with renewed spirit—scoring two touchdowns within just a few minutes, but the Eagle offense responded with two touchdowns of their own.
Photo by Michelle Akana
Eagles Rise Above the Raiders
By Ben Barber
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Friday night, October 9th, Abbott Field welcomed a record setting crowd as the El Camino Eagles faced the Rio Americano Raiders for this year’s rivalry football game. With the two schools being so close in proximity, social circles easily overlap making for a spirited match both on and off the field.
The Eagles, coming off a bye week and a tough loss against American Canyon, were anxious to prove themselves as a viable playoff contender. Their 34-31 loss against American Canyon was a close bout with the game decision coming in the last tense minutes of the fourth quarter. Penalties and a little bad luck being the ending blow, two things coach Adam Reinking felt were easily remedied.
As the sun set and kick off grew close, a large cloud of white powdery smoke erupted from the Rio Raider spirit section. The El Camino audience responded and Eagle kicker Kevin Loheit sent the ball into the end zone to start the game. The Raiders didn’t maintain possession for long before the Eagles took over and ran Loheit to the 4-yard-line for their first three points.
The Eagles visited some old bad habits, jumping off sides in the Raider’s next possession. The defense was then able to force a three and out and keep the Raiders from scoring the entire first half. The offense put ten on the board in the first and 13 on the board in the second which brought the score to 23-0.
After the half the Raiders took the field with renewed spirit—scoring two touchdowns within just a few minutes, but the Eagle offense responded with two touchdowns of their own. As the gap in the score grew, fans remained energized and they gathered below the scoreboard, both Eagle and Raider, and performed offensive poetry, competing to see who could best insult the other—an age old tradition called a “Rap Battle.” With a strong sheriff presence and El Camino parents and alumni close at hand, things remained civil and in good sportsmanship as the fourth quarter came to a close, but not before the Eagles scored seven more bringing the final score to 46-14.
The Eagles now look to Casa Robles where a win could secure them a spot in the playoffs. The Casa Robles Rams are 1-5 and will be hosting the game in Orangevale. Junior Varsity starts at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Local Man to Compete at MMA West Coast Fighting Championship
By B.T. Stephenson
Max Griffin in the ring against a competitor.
Photos by Tribal Action Photography
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Imagine growing up in the Sacramento area and one day becoming a World Champion. Now imagine holding six of those Championship titles at the same time. That’s reality for Max Griffin, known in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world as Max “Pain” Griffin. On October 10th, the kid who grew up in Carmichael and Fair Oaks and went to Bella Vista High School will defend two of those belts in a featured match as part of the West Coast Fighting Championships at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento.
“I fought a lot as a kid growing up, but it was around 18 or 19 when I decided to be a professional fighter,” said Griffin. He thinks there are several things that make a person a good fighter. “You have to be intelligent and able to adapt, you’ve got to have heart and probably be a little crazy, because in the ring or the octagon it’s ‘kill or be killed.’ Some people think we’re savages, but it takes a lot of discipline and it’s fun.”
Griffin was recently signed by Iridium, an elite sports agency known for representing exceptional fighters. He believes it will launch his career into the UFC, the leading organization for today’s MMA fighters. “I want to be a UFC Champion and one of the best in the world. Hands down,” said Griffin.
You can support Max “Pain” Griffin, the local kid who now holds several title belts, at the West Coast Fighting Championship on Saturday night, October 10th at McClellan Conference Center.
Being one of the best takes a huge amount of dedication to training and working out, and Griffin has some of the best in the world to work with every day here in the Sacramento area. “Doug Casebier, Dave Marinobles, Jaime Jara, Grand Master Perry…they’ve got me at 6% body fat and unbelievable cardio conditioning. I’m in the best shape of my life.”
We asked Griffin why local people should come out to watch and support him. “It’s like watching any sport on television. You can feel the excitement live, the momentum, and hear how the crowd gets into it,” he said. “It’s the best way to experience MMA.” This will be the first time in two years that the Sacramento-area Champion will have fought on his home turf.
When asked if he could fight anybody in the world right now, who would it be, without hesitation, Griffin said, “Robbie Lawlor, because he’s a Champion.” Lawlor is the current UFC Welterweight Champion. For now, Griffin will have to focus on his current opponent.
You can support Max “Pain” Griffin, the local kid who now holds several title belts, at the West Coast Fighting Championship on Saturday night, October 10th at McClellan Conference Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and fighting starts at 5 p.m. The evening will feature a full slate of matches. For a full list of competitors and for tickets, see www.westcoastfighting.com/WFC15.html.
Trophy Club Tickets for 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship Sold Out
Ticket Options, Including Weekly and Daily Admission, Are Still Available
By Ben Barber
Photo by Matthew Moores
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), has announced that all Trophy Club tickets have been sold. The 36th U.S. Senior Open will be held from June 22nd through 28th at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento.
“The early sell out of the Trophy Club Pavilion is evidence of the great enthusiasm the Sacramento area has shown for this major championship,” said Director of USGA Championships Matt Sawicki. “We are thrilled by the response and support shown and know this will lead to a successful championship.”
The Trophy Club is an upgraded ticket that allows access onto the grounds and into an air conditioned public hospitality area located near the 17th hole. The demand for this ticket was extremely high and marks the first time in recent U.S. Senior Open history that this type of ticket has sold out weeks prior to the championship.
General grounds tickets for spectators are still available. Those tickets will allow access throughout the grounds and the grandstands. These available ticket packages include a weekly ticket, a four-pack of single day tickets, and a good-any-one-day ticket.
The single-day grounds ticket is good for any one day during the championship, Monday through Sunday, and is priced at $39. A four-pack consists of four good-any-one-day tickets with grounds access and is priced at $109. Weekly ticket packages include individual daily tickets for all seven days (Monday – Sunday) and are available for $125.
All tickets include complimentary parking at Cal Expo, Monday through Sunday. Practice rounds for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open are Monday, June 22nd through Wednesday, June 24th. Championship rounds are Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.2015ussenioropen.com. Ticket prices will increase at the gate the week of the championship. Throughout championship week, kids 17 and under receive free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Along with free admission, the front row of every grandstand is reserved just for kids.
For more information on the 2015 U.S. Senior Open, visit www.2015ussenioropen.com.
Source: 2015 U.S. Senior Open
2015 US Senior Open Creeps Closer
By Ben Barber
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The 2015 US Senior open is just around the corner, and just in time for some blistering heat. The tournament will take place June 22nd through the 28th with some of the best Senior Golfers in the world competing for the open title.
The Del Paso Country Club (3333 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento) will be hosting the event with an estimated 125,000 – 140,000 expected to attend throughout the week. On top of the hundreds of thousands of spectators are over 2,600 volunteers to help the event go smoothly. You don’t need a math degree to figure out that is a lot of people, and with over $17 million coming into the community from the event, the Del Paso Country Club took every step possible to make sure the logistic wrinkles were ironed out.
Complimentary parking will be set up at Cal Expo where spectators will be able to ride a free shuttle to the Country Club. The shuttles start running at 6 a.m., which is great for those trying to beat the heat. To find more information about the event, visit www.2015ussenioropen.com. The website also provides an application for volunteers as well as ticket sales for the event.
U.S. Senior Open Drives into Town in June
By Ben Barber
Golf pros will compete for the honor of having their name inscribed on the Senior Open Championship Cup. With the return of the USGA to Sacramento comes a flood of economic impacts with conservative numbers in the $20 million range—a huge influx of new monies to Sacramento County. An estimated 25,000 hotel room nights will be needed over the course of the event hosting the roughly 8,000 travelers coming and going through our various airports.
Photo by Matthew Moores
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It’s been over 30 years since the United States Golf Association (USGA) visited town, and with its return this June to the Del Paso Country Club (DPCC) for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open comes a variety of buzz and anticipation. This will be the first U.S. Senior Open to be conducted at the DPCC with the last USGA event being the U.S. Women’s Open back in 1982. Fans will be privileged to watch Masters Champion Fred Couples, Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open Champion), Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Paul Goydos, and more compete for the largest Championship title of this year’s open tour.
Director of Championships for the USGA, Matt Sawicki, announced that children 17 and under will have free entry with any ticketed adult. Ticketed adults can bring up to nine kids to enjoy the world-class event. “There’s not another professional sport out there where you can buy a general admission ticket, sit in the front row of the grandstands, be on the rope line, and be within an arm’s length of professional athletes,” said Sawicki. Although 2,500 volunteers are already registered, another 200 could be supported, a great opportunity to be a part of a world-class event.
With the return of the USGA to Sacramento comes a flood of economic impacts with conservative numbers in the $20 million range—a huge influx of new monies to Sacramento County. An estimated 25,000 hotel room nights will be needed over the course of the event hosting the roughly 8,000 travelers coming and going through our various airports. Sales tax dollars alone are estimated to be over $1 million.
The USGA has been working with the DPCC for the past three years to prepare for this mainstream event, aiming to have a minimal impact on local residents and improving roads and infrastructure to support the scale of the event, allowing for maximum ease.
The event will be broadcasted by Fox, providing 20 hours of coverage for those who might not be able to make it to the course. Coverage begins June 23rd and carries through the 28th.
Gaylord Perry Honored, 2015 Brings Big Changes for River Cats
Story and photos by Ben Barber
Gaylord Perry talks about his career.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento River Cats season is officially underway. It is the first year of the much anticipated association with Major League Baseball’s World Champion San Francisco Giants. The River Cats spent the majority of the summer making improvements throughout Raley Field, helping both players and fans.
Season ticket holders will now have the luxury of the Legacy Club, a 5,000 square foot renovation to the suite level on the third base side. It features a full bar with a wide variety of California wines and a microbrew made specifically for the River Cats by Rubicon Brewing company called RBI IPA. If the life size LED screen casting the game isn’t impressive enough, then guests can stroll around the balcony to see a stunning view overlooking the field and the Sacramento skyline.
Fans were also treated to an appearance by Gaylord Perry, who was being honored with an induction into the Pacific Coast League (PCL) Hall of Fame. He only played four seasons before moving up to the majors, where he continued his career for 22 years. While in the minors, he achieved the Pitcher of the Year title and helped lead the Tacoma Giants to a PCL championship.
Jeff Savage presents Gaylord Perry with the PCL Hall of Fame Certificate.
Perry was known for his spitball and lackadaisical attitude towards having the upper hand on batters. While in the Majors, he was caught with an emery board in his back pocket to scuff up the ball. In an era before center field cameras and close ups on pitchers, baseball was a very different game.
Also as part of the new affiliation are some exciting events planned for the future, such as Star Wars Night on July 10th. The event was started by the San Francisco Giants, who celebrate the cultural phenomena of Star Wars that started in the Bay Area.
With ticket sales up 1200% in comparison to last year, Sacramento baseball fans may have a tricky time getting in to see not only the upgrades, but the world class baseball that comes along with being associated with the San Francisco Giants. Roster names include multiple world champions that’ll have the town star struck.